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|Noun||1.||trades union - an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer; "you have to join the union in order to get a job"|
industrial union, vertical union - a labor union that admits all workers in a given industry irrespective of their craft
craft union - a labor union whose membership is restricted to workers in a particular craft
company union - a union of workers for a single company; a union not affiliated with a larger union
labor movement, trade union movement, labor - an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement